Topography of a Landscape: Hilary Mayo

14 October – 16 December 2017

Hilary Mayo
Hilary Mayo

Upstairs at GroundWork, there was a selection of ceramics by Hilary Mayo, made following a recent trip to Iceland. Collectively entitled Topography of a Landscape. this body of work is informed by the strangely addictive beauty of Iceland’s other worldly landscape, following the artist’s recent visits to the country. they demonstrate her completely different response to this changing and fragile environment.

Hilary Mayo pots on show
Hilary Mayo’s collection of ceramics on show with Gina Glover’s Melt series of photographs, showing different reflections on icy landscape and the impact of climate change.
Hilary Mayo Deliquesce on show in the window
Hilary Mayo, ‘Deliquesce’. On show in pride of place in the front window of GroundWork Gallery Handbuilt stoneware, painted layers, porcelain slip, oxide, stain and glaze, h. 27cm.
Now in a private collection.

The delicate pots in this series of works demonstrate the artist’s completely individual and powerful response to this changing and fragile environment. Working from photographs, memory and observed detail, ideas have evolved in terms of form and surface decoration, referencing receding glaciers and climate change so clearly evident in the topography of the Icelandic landscape.

Hilary Mayo Iceland inspired vessels
This is part of a collection of stoneware vessels made following the artist’s visit to Iceland. It is a perfect medium to reflect her responses to that country’s fragile, watery, changing landscapes. Finely rolled slabs of stoneware clay are assembled and form a canvas on which multi layers of glaze, oxide and stain are applied with a brush.
One of Hilary Mayo’s photographs of Icelandic landscape, which shows very clearly the source of her inspiration for her forms and glazes.

“History lies before the eyes of the observer as a petrified, primordial landscape”

Walter Benjamn